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Disaster Relief

“Let my heart be broken for the things that break the heart of God.” ~Bob Pierce, Founder of World Vision

Kids in Justine's shanty community

Kids in Justine's shanty community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tropical storm ‘Ketsana’, followed by typhoon ‘Parma’ inundated homes and left hundreds of thousands more people in the country homeless.  At least 800 have been killed this year by storms alone.

It was disheartening to see the damage done to the NingNing girls’ shanty homes  and the few belongings they have.  Textbooks, clothes, bedding — all rain-soaked and/or completely ruined.

Pile of wet clothes in front of Justine's shanty

Pile of wet clothes in front of Justine's shanty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 It was the first time I had actually entered their shanty and it was utterly shocking. 

Standing with Janine (Justine's sister) inside the dark alley at the "entrance" of her home (a ladder at leads to dark hole where she lives with 12 family members)

Standing with Janine (Justine's sister) inside the dark alley at the "entrance" of her home (a ladder that leads to dark hole where she lives with 11 family members)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justine and her 11 other family members sleep side by side on a board in this room (below). 

Room where Justine and 11 family members eat, sleep and live

Room where Justine and 11 family members eat, sleep and live

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No pillows, no mattresses – just a board.  It was hot, dark (without natural sunlight as there is no electricity), smelly and wet.  My heart broke as I thought of them sleeping here every night.  

The "front door"

The "front door"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls and their families are among the millions of “squatters” living along riverbanks in shanties stacked on top of one another (literally).  But they have nowhere else to go.

Massive relief efforts were still going on when I was there, mostly delivering food to those in need. I asked around about the needs of Justine’s community and they said plywood and materials to rebuild would help immensely and last for the long-term.

The next day we took Justine and her mother to a shop that supply’s wood and they picked out exactly what they needed to rebuild their kitchen area (below) that was totally wiped out by the storm. As soon as the materials and tools were delivered, community members started pitching in to help rebuild.

Clothes drying in what used to be the kitchen of Justine's home

Clothes drying in what used to be the kitchen of Justine's home (behind is river that flooded)

Bedding is another item in which they were badly in need. I mentioned this to a friend and he said, “Hey, I actually have a friend who owns a hotel that is getting rid of 500 bed sheets.” We were able to secure 200 for Justine’s community. Praise the Lord for a prayer immediately answered!

Thank you all for your prayerful and monetary support in the relief efforts for the NingNing youth and their families in the aftermath of these intense tropical storms. If they could thank you personally, they would! It really made a difference in their lives and we all are very grateful. 🙂

Standing with NingNing girls in front of their alley/shanty

Standing with NingNing youth in their slum community

Sending you their bright and cheerful smiles, even in the midst of darkness, disaster and destruction…

NingNing girls Jenny (front) and Janine (back)

NingNing girls Jenny (front) and Janine (back)

Precious Joy-Joy

Precious Joy-Joy

 

Little boy standing in the alley of Justine's shanty community

Little boy standing in the alley of Justine's shanty community

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